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Mayor of London and TfL Plan to Expand Cycling to Outer London

Twelve Outer London boroughs will become Biking Boroughs, which means they will receive extra support and expertise from Transport for London (TfL) in a bid to encourage greater numbers of cyclists in their areas.

Research shows how more than half of the trips in the Capital that could be made by bicycle are in Outer London—a total of 2.4 million journeys a day, most of which are currently made by car.

The twelve new Biking Boroughs have applied for financial support from TfL to fund a tailored, local study which will identify how cycling in each area can be developed. Boroughs will develop plans which could include measures such as working with schools, the NHS, Primary Care Trusts and local businesses to promote cycling, installing more secure cycle parking spaces or improving junction layouts to make them safer for cyclists.

In addition, the Mayor and TfL aim to deliver two Outer London Skyrides in 2010, following the success of last year’s local Skyride in Hounslow which attracted 11,000 cyclists.

The boroughs of Barking & Dagenham; Bexley; Brent; Bromley; Croydon; Ealing; Haringey; Havering; Hillingdon; Kingston; Merton; and Redbridge will each receive £25,000 (US$40.7K) from TfL to fund a local study examining how cycle journeys can be increased. Their cycling initiatives will be integrated into the borough’s Local Implementation Plan (the local plan setting out how each borough is supporting the Mayor’s transport priorities.

Comments

HarveyD

Electrified (e-assisted) bikes could be more suited for many potential older users, specially on hot-humid days and for longer distances. The extra load on the electrical distribution system is not catastrophic.

Henry Gibson

A requirement that automobiles use smaller engines and travel at lower speeds would save far more energy at less cost than all of the bicycle lanes that could be built and perhaps save far more injuries. There can be no reliable statistics of the injuries per mile of bicycle operation. The requirements for the use of seatbelts, carseats and airbags and crash test for automobiles is contradicted by the encouragement of the use of bicycles that have no airbags, seatbelts or crash tests. A U.K. funded test proved that the Artemis hydraulic hybrid system could reduce fuel consumption by half in standard tests with identical engines even. Speed reduction and smaller engines and smaller vehicles add to this efficiency increase. ..HG..

Engineer-Poet

Automobiles moving slower will still take the same amount of space to park and consume more lane-minutes of road space than before (though it's doubtful that reduced speed limits will change anything in a city limited by traffic congestion).  Moving more trips to bicycles addresses the parking, the traffic, improves the efficiency of remaining traffic by improving speeds, and eliminates local emissions whether electrified or not.

Treehugger

Harvey

Why do you want to put an engine to something that works fine without it ? my grand parents were riding their bike daily without an engine. Bikes are for short trips anyway, with a regular use you don't need an electric assistance your legs will take the work quite well.

Mannstein

A few years ago the Chinese were driving bikes almost exclusively while Westerners were riding around in automobiles. If one follows the mayor of London's advice the picture will be reversed, the Chinese consumers are buying ever more cars.

Isn't social engineering wonderful?

Treehugger

Mister Henry Gibson

Your hate for bikes makes you say non sense, the statistics are clear : death rates are twice as high per miles for bikes than for car, they are half considering time spent on bike. If you add the benefit in diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases reduction you are actually increasing your life expectancy when you take your bike, not the opposite. Bikes are only more dangerous because there is too many cars on the road and not enough bike lanes, put more bikes on the road and the problem will solve by itself.

mahonj

HG and Tree,
Both are right up to a point.
If you want to reduce CO2, do it using more efficient cars, but if you want to go further, get people onto bikes.
As HG says, the death rate per mile is worse for bikes than for cars. Bikes have practically zero protection - passive only, so don't wear Ipods in traffic folks.

However, as tree says, the cardiovascular benefits from cycling outweigh the deaths due to road accidents.

The problem is that the deaths occur NOW and are very visible, while the cardio-benefits take 40 years to hit the mortality tables.

When they lower (or enforce) the drink driving limits, everyone who gets hit by the law knows it and feels aggrieved: the other road users who are NOT hit (by cars) never know it.
Thus, while the downside is visible right now, the upside only comes out as a set of statistics a year or so later.

Anyway, I am pro cycling, and I am also pro car improvements. There is room (and need) for both.
JM

Treehugger

Mahoni

Thanks for your wise contribution, some people are so biased when it comes to bike they would say whatever stupid or wrong thing if it could prevent that we add more bike lane along the road. I can't stand this attitude. Bikes on overwhole has so much benefits that we should pay people to take they bike instead of they car. I am a big supporter of that biker should be able to sell their miles against carbon credit.

Arne

Henry, mahonj

The car is inherently dangerous due to its mass and speed. Since we don't want to be seen driving Suzuki Altos @20 mph, we blame the cyclists (and, as an inevitable consequence, the pedestrians) for not having a safety cage and airbags. They do have crumple zones, though.

Great way of dodging your responsibility.

wintermane2000

The problem with bikes is it only takes one person not seeing you to kill you. We are human we dont always see everything and in fact quite often miss quite a bit.

The main problem is the bike lanes are anywhere near the roads.

Will S

Getting more people to recognize bicycling as a means of transport is an idea whose time has come (overdue, really). Look out for $100+/gal oil again in 2011;

Oil Shortages to Reappear in 2011, Goldman Sachs Says - Bloomberg

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